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Stevie Wonder

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  • Year:
    1989
  • Inducted by:
    Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Category:
    Performers
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Hall of Fame Essay

1989

Michael Hill

Even among Motown’s greats, Stevie Wonder surely remains unique. 

He has pursued an ever-expanding vision, creating work that stands alone in the Motown canon for its unflagging  adventurousness and thorough originality. A musical pioneer, he has embraced influences ranging from reggae to Jazz, and his work has been a catalyst for social change.  

His is the Sound of Young America grown up  —  sensitive, aware, responsible, remarkable.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1989
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Stevie Wonder Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

a melody writer of such effortless virtuosity

Paul Simon

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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